Picture Plymouth: More Than Just Snapshots

Photographer Peg Brantman captures the simple joy of a frozen treat.

The mention of ice cream on a warm summer day makes kids’ and adults’ mouths water. Plymouth resident Peg Brantman and her grandson, 6-year-old Zachary, were enjoying an event with animals from the Zoomobile. They had to make a stop on their way out when the two spotted the ice cream. With her Cannon Powershot ready, she captured this shot of her grandson and his colorful ice cream treat.

Photography had long been a part of Brantman’s life, but she decided to take the hobby a little more seriously after retirement. Now, Brantman has joined a group of like-minded photography enthusiasts at the Gillespie Senior Center in Mound to take her photography practice and subjects to new heights.

“It’s very casual and fun. There’s no dues; it’s more of a social group,” Brantman says. “You learn not just by watching photographers and how they’re taking pics, but you see the end results and photo processing and we learn from that.”

She and the group take outings throughout the Twin Cities region, photographing anything from farmers markets and gardens to city staples like the Guthrie Theater. These picture outings have helped Brantman, originally from out of state, get to know the Cities and surrounding areas better, she says.

Brantman says she wants to continue improving her photography as she goes. Recently, she was able to visit India where she concentrated on taking travel photos, but she still loves submitting her work to local contests. Brantman aims to transform her photos from just snapshots to images that hold a story.

Look for details about the 2016 Picture Plymouth photo contest coming soon. Submissions will be accepted August 1-31.